The Els Club

Green Drive,

Dubai Sports City, Dubai

  • Office

    +971 (0)4 425 1000
  • Pro shop

    +971 (0)4 425 1000
  • Fax

    +971 (0)4 329 2442
  • Golf pro

    Alex Mickleburgh (PGA Professional & Custom Fit Specialist)
  • Academy

    Claude Harmon Performance Golf Academy Dubai.

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Links-style. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential and desert.

  • Designer:

    Ernie Els
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7538
6242
5343
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75.7
70.0
70.4

Location

Latitude:

25.031260

Longitude:

55.218015

How to get there:

25 km SW of Downtown Dubai / Burj Khalifa.

Part of the Dubai Sports City development, located near the Dubai Autodrome. From the Emirates Road (E 311) take exit 28 (D61-Hessa St), and head south on Hessa St. At the first major intersection, turn right into Sports City. Follow road to Green Drive, then follow Green Drive to golf.

The Els Club, Dubai Sports City

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 2008

The Els Club in Dubai Sports City opened for play in 2008, representing the first Middle East golf course designed by Ernie Els. The 18-hole championship layout embraces several characteristics taken from Els' favourite courses around the world: large opulent bunkering from the Australian sandbelt, greens resembling those of Pinehurst No.2, and wide rolling links-style fairways.

Set on the undulating slopes of native desert vegetation, the "Big Easy's" design combines traditional links design with a genuine aura of desert golf. Featuring broad and gently rolling fairways, steep greenside bunkers and grass swales around the greens, the layout plays to 7,538 yards from the back tees. Over 80 bunkers are potentially in play.

This 18-hole championship golf course quickly established itself as one of Dubai's most prestigious "trophy" courses. Although housing lines the perimeter of the course, and is found on both sides of some holes, it is generally set far enough back for the course to retain its desert feel. MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: Els' design includes an unapologetically tough stretch of three holes named the “Lion’s Den”. This testing trio (par-4 9th, par-4 10th and long par-3 11th) is intended to join other notorious three-hole loops, such as “Amen Corner” (Augusta National), the “Bear Trap” (PGA National, Champion course), the “Snake Pit” (Innisbrook, Copperhead course) and the “Horrible Horseshoe” (Colonial CC).
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-Oct '19 thru April '20): Sun-Thur AED 995; Fri/Sat AED 995. Golf cart included.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities

Excellent (includes a 450-yard floodlit driving range).

Did you know?

Dubai Sports City, which provides a mix of residential, retail, leisure and recreational facilities, was originally targetted to become one of the world's largest integrated sports "cities", featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and a variety of world-renowned sports academies.

The Els Club, an integral part of Dubai Sports City, is managed and operated by Troon Golf, the world's leading upscale golf course management company.

Published ranking

2020 Golf Digest rating: 6th best course in the UAE.

Where2Stay

  • Arabian Ranches Golf Club4-star

    PO Box 36700, Arabian Ranches, Dubai

    +971 (0)4 366 3000

    Visit website
    Eleven well-appointed guest rooms are available in the Arabian Ranches Clubhouse, together with an excellent restaurant. An ideal and quiet Stay&Play location from which to explore Dubai excellent array of golf courses.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      Arabian Ranches

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Emirates (Majlis and Wadi courses); Montgomerie Dubai; Jebel Ali; The Track (Meydan Golf); Dubai Creek; Dubai Hills; Jumeirah Golf; Els Club; Trump Dubai.

  • Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa5-star

    PO Box 8168, Dubai, UAE

    +971 (0)4 832 6699

    Visit website
    A 5-star resort in the heart of the desert. Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is an elegant desert resort located in a traditional Arabic fort setting.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Arabian Ranches; The Els Club

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Emirates (Majlis and Wadi courses); The Montgomerie Dubai; Nad Al Sheba; Dubai Country Club.

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